encourage your children to reduce screen time

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Harry Kane
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encourage your children to reduce screen time

Postby Harry Kane » Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:48 pm

Children are constantly surrounded by electronic media: tablets, computers, phones, TVs and gaming systems. They can be valuable tools, but all too often the use gets out of hand and becomes an all-consuming habit. It is up to parents to ensure a well rounded upbringing that includes but is not dominated by screen time. Ideally, overuse never becomes an issue in the first place. But if it has, it will take time and patience to bring about a more balanced lifestyle. Personaly i think that we should start with ourselfes. Examine your own media use. You will not be successful in cutting down your child's video game time if you are up late at night playing video poker and browsing Facebook. Children are very smart about "do as I say, not as I do."

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Re: encourage your children to reduce screen time

Postby Adam Levine » Sat Jun 25, 2016 11:52 am

Commit to a Media Limit as a Family. Work together as a family to come up with a plan to use media thoughtfully, with limits.What works for your family may not for another. Every family is different, but several guidelines that could work are:
No TV or game use after dinner:Computer use after dinner is limited to homework.No more than one hour of computer games. Television time is limited to one hour a day.Television and computer games are limited to age and philosophically appropriate choices, subject to parent approval. For instance, pbskids.org offers free, educational video games that are also a lot of fun with no advertisements.

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Re: encourage your children to reduce screen time

Postby Albert » Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:37 am

Provide other activities that the kids can do rather than looking at the screen. Cutting back on screen time frees up time to do other activities. However, many children (at least at first) will find it a little difficult to find new activities to do. As a parent, you can help them re-discover play and recreation with the absence of technology. Try these activities, for example:Outside play or exercise. Whether some jump-rope or an evening stroll, get some fresh air.Projects. If you enjoy model-building, why not see if your daughter would like to try. Or use Legos.Coloring. Coloring is a soothing activity, requiring few materials. Adults have advanced coloring books and pages to try, too!

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Re: encourage your children to reduce screen time

Postby Peter Parker » Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:27 am

Play with pets. Pets require a lot of attention, and whether it is playing with the cat, teaching the dog to fetch, or spend some quality time with your hedgehog, it is good for both humans and pets.Organized activities. With your time away from the game console, you may find you could join Chess Club at the library, or take a martial arts class, join 4-H, or take part in the teen fellowship group at your church.Get outdoors! When families have been using media too much, it becomes a habit to just use it and stay inside. A smart way to curb these media cravings is to spend more time outside--without using your phone, of course!

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Re: encourage your children to reduce screen time

Postby Steven Tyler » Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:25 am

If you have a recreational center, or are the member of a gym, check for times to get involved with activities. For instance, open swim times at the pool, ice rink, or climbing wall.In poor weather, try the library. Most libraries offer scheduled activities for children from infants to teenagers. Just realize most libraries have computers, so have a strategy to avoid spending time on the computers there.Try a walk. Even a short walk offers health benefits and allows you to socialize with your child.Camp out. A camp out, even in the backyard can get everyone together without the TV or gadgets.

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Re: encourage your children to reduce screen time

Postby Michal » Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:39 am

Oh yeah,that stuff is certainly needs to be reduced and all that,if you don't want your kid to grow up to be some kind of freaking lunatic and all tyhat,you know what I'm saying? 8-) ;) :) I mean,it's like some kind of a curse these days-no matter where you go,you see these zombies of all ages and stuff who ain't doing nothing else but staring at their device's screen not even seeing people around them and all that,and that's a real sad thing to exist in a modern world if you ask me. 8-) :ugeek: So,it's best for you and your kid to try to change it all for the better,you know? 8-) :) :!: :ugeek:
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Re: encourage your children to reduce screen time

Postby Sheldon » Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:10 pm

Persevere. Cutting down on media can be challenging especially considering that media is difficult, and there will be slip-ups. But celebrate meeting goals and make the process more about having real authentic fun and spending time together.As much as possible, be consistent. Write them down. If one parent is OK with watching cartoons in the morning before day care, and the other one is not, you will likely have kids that are not sure exactly what the rules are.Your children will probably whine and complain, but do not overreact to their complaining. No child likes for video game time to be limited. To be fair, this is something that they did not ask for and you are making the rules. So be patient and understanding about the process. Snapping at them will not get you anywhere.

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Re: encourage your children to reduce screen time

Postby JerryLee » Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:26 pm

Provide other activities that the kids can do rather than looking at the screen. Cutting back on screen time frees up time to do other activities. However, many children (at least at first) will find it a little difficult to find new activities to do. As a parent, you can help them re-discover play and recreation with the absence of technology. Try these activities, for example:Outside play or exercise. Whether some jump-rope or an evening stroll, get some fresh air.Projects. If you enjoy model-building, why not see if your daughter would like to try. Or use Legos.Coloring. Coloring is a soothing activity, requiring few materials. Adults have advanced coloring books and pages to try, too!

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Re: encourage your children to reduce screen time

Postby William Lawn » Tue Jun 28, 2016 1:21 pm

There are lots of things you can do with you child. Scrapbooking.Older kids can easily create scrapbooks, especially with those by Smash (available at most craft stores), which are designed for kids. The books have pockets for memorabilia and a double-sided pen that’s also a glue stick for doodling or attaching pictures. Store everything (photos, ticket stubs, lucky eyelashes) in a zip-top bag until it’s time to get crafty.City planning.Unroll a big piece of brown packing paper (or wrapping paper turned upside down) and let your child draw streets, highways, and culs-de-sac for his cars to navigate. He can fill in buildings and trees.

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Re: encourage your children to reduce screen time

Postby Mark007 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:22 pm

Agree with William and want to add few things. Spying.For once, encourage snooping. Track down some spy gear (binoculars, trench coat, notepad) and await his observations on what’s really going on in the neighborhood..Peg People.Use fine-tip markers to turn hingeless wooden clothespins (a.k.a. doll pins) into tiny people. Draw faces and hair on the tops, clothes on the split shafts.Mark a Map.Get a map (a state-by-state road atlas is fine) and office dots and have your child tag places that she has visited in one color. In another, she can tag destinations she would like to see. Later on, explain the cost of plane tickets.


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